Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)

Cosmetic ear surgery at Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reshapes the ears of adults and children who feel self-conscious about their size or shape. Otoplasty (ear pinning) reduces the prominence of the protruding ears by setting them closer to the head in a way that looks natural. Dr. Eric Chang also performs reconstructive ear surgery for patients with congenitally misshaped ears or those who have been treated for skin cancer.

Dr. Chang creates a customized surgical plan after meeting with you or your child and discussing the desired outcome. Save $50 on your consultation by contacting us using our online form, or call our office at (410) 740-9330 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chang.

"Dr. Chang has a great bedside manner. He got me in right away and saw that I was taken care of quickly. His staff is very friendly and helpful."

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A Modern Approach

Ears are a feature that most people don't really think about. But ears that draw attention tend to make people self-conscious. Dr. Chang's personable demeanor is especially appreciated by his otoplasty patients, who tend to be children or young adults. Ear pinning and other cosmetic ear surgery is common for children after they turn 4 because their ears have typically finished developing but the cartilage remains pliable. Children and adolescents with protruding or misshaped ears are also more likely to be the targets of ridicule among peers.

Surgical techniques vary depending on the amount of correction required. Small incisions in the cartilage as well as sutures allow Dr. Chang to rearrange, remove, or recontour tissue and reposition the ear closer to the head. The 2 primary options are:

  • Cartilage scoring: Small incisions in the cartilage at the back of the upper ear allows Dr. Chang to rearrange, remove, or add tissue and reposition the ear closer to the head.
  • Cartilage sparing: Sometimes referred to as "incisionless otoplasty," this technique uses stitches and sutures to change the ear's position and shape.

Dr. Chang generally recommends using general anesthesia for younger patients during otoplasty and local anesthetic with sedation for older adolescents and adults. Patients return home after the outpatient procedure.

Reconstructive Ear Surgery

Dr. Chang also performs ear surgery to correct the appearance of ears misshapen at birth or because of injury or disease. Common congenital conditions that can be changed with ear surgery include:

  • Lop ear: the top of the ear is folded down
  • Cup ear: a protruding ear with the top folded down and cup-shaped
  • Shell ear: curved outer rim and missing folds and creases

Dr. Chang can use reconstructive techniques to repair injured ears and ears altered by surgery to remove skin cancer.

Dr. Eric Chang

A board-certified plastic surgeon focused on beautiful results, Dr. Eric Chang looks forward to helping you.

Meet Dr. Chang

Dr. Eric Chang

A board-certified plastic surgeon focused on beautiful results, Dr. Eric Chang looks forward to helping you.

Meet Dr. Chang


Younger children recovering after otoplasty require close attention to ensure they don't remove bandages or engage in physical play that may compromise the results. Most children need to avoid normal outdoor activities for at least a week after surgery.

All patients return home with a thick bandage wrapped around their heads to help maintain the ears' new position. That's usually replaced with lighter bandages a few days later. Older adolescents and adults can usually return to school or work 3 days after the procedure, although experiences vary.

Otoplasty provides lasting changes the shape or size of the ears, and most patients are extremely satisfied with their results. Dr. Chang encourages patients or the parents of younger patients to contact him with any questions during the recovery process.


Giving Back

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Dr. Chang has traveled abroad with various organizations including ReSurge International (formerly Interplast) and Hospital de la Familia to such remote places such as Nuevo Progreso, Guatemala, Guanajuato, Mexico, and Haiti.

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Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
8860 Columbia 100 Parkway #206
Columbia, Maryland 21045
Telephone: (410) 740-9330
Fax: (410) 740-9335

Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: Dr. Eric Chang
8860 Columbia 100 Parkway #206
Columbia, MD 21045
(410) 740-9330
Fax: (410) 740-9335

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Chang of Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery offers procedures for the face, breasts and body, including breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, face lift, liposuction, and tummy tuck. The Maryland practice serves patients from Columbia, Ellicott City, Glen Burnie, Frederick, Baltimore, and surrounding cities.